Paddy Pimblett has been criticized for refusing to fight rivals ranked in the UFC top 15

Following his recent win at UFC London, Pimblett said he would not fight a ranked lightweight fighter unless the promotion offered him more money for a new contract

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UFC star Paddy Pimblett has been criticized for refusing to fight a top 15 opponent under his current contract.

Pimblett submitted Kazula Vargas to UFC London last month for his second win in the promotion. The Liverpool native made his long-awaited debut last September, surviving an early scare to beat Luigi Vendramini.

After his win over Vargas, Pimblett admitted he wouldn’t fight a ranked fighter unless the UFC offer him a new deal, stating, “I wouldn’t take a top 15 fight. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t. Add a few more zeros to my contract and I’ll do it. I think I proved tonight that I deserve a new contract. Not this small standard.”

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Former UFC flyweight king Demetrious Johnson was stunned by Pimblett’s comments. He believes “The Baddy” shouldn’t focus on money at this stage in his UFC career and should continue to fight whoever the promotion offers him.

“Paddy Pimblett, he said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to fight anyone in the top 10, top 15.’ I thought ‘What?’ My attitude when I was fighting [my coach] Matt Hume says, “We’re just fucking fighting. That’s what we do. We don’t worry about the money, the money will come. Just keep fighting, keep fighting,'” Johnson continued The MMA lesson.

Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors champion, turned down an offer to join the UFC in 2016 when he had just 12 professional fights behind him. He believes that if he fights a ranked fighter, the Lightweight roster will look very different than it does now.

Paddy Pimblett submitted Kazula Vargas to UFC London


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“I will continue to prove myself as I move up the rankings,” he said. I’ve seen a lot of people tell me I’ll never beat the top 15, but believe that half the people who are in the top 15 now will still be there if I actually fight the top 15 ?”

UFC London marked the promotion’s biggest fight night event in history, scoring a huge £3.4million goal. Pimblett was one of the main attractions on the map, but it was only that guaranteed £9,000 for his fight with Vargas.

‘The Baddy’ earned an extra £47,000 in bonuses for winning his submission. The 27-year-old, who is aiming for two to three more fights in 2022, expects the UFC to offer him a new contract after his next fight.

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